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22 Great C.20 Pieces

1911/13 - Webern - 5 Pieces for Orchestra


1914 - Falla - Six Spanish Songs


1922 - 1924 / 1926 - Frank Martin - Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir


1927 - Gustav Holst - Egdon Heath


1929 - Varèse - Ionisation - Boulez, Ensemble InterContemporain


1936 - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem (2/4) - III. Reconciliation
Just to see that more mainstream sounds carried on in the meantime.


1936 - Bartók, Music for strings, percussion and celesta
A gigantic mirror fugue.


1937 - Shostakovich - Symphony #5 Op. 37


1943 - Benjamin Britten - Dirge
Sounds traditional in texture, but the strings are playing a delicious chromatic fugue against the repeated verse, impossible in Bach's time.


1949 - Igor Stravinsky - Pater Noster
Strav's neo-classical phase, with super russian vocal writing. I used to sing this.


1940/54 - Samuel Barber - 4 Songs / Hermit Songs


1972 - Steve Reich - Clapping Music
Nifty animation of the musical structure


1975 - Rzewski's 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated'
A magnum opus by any reckoning. Theme and first 8 of 36 variations. The whole things is about 30 minutes, this version is epic in every way.


1976 - Gorecki Symphony No. 3 "Sorrowful Songs" - Lento e Largo
Classic FM favourite


1979 - Steve Reich variations for winds, strings and keyboards
Stunning minimalist work


1980 - Rzewski - Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Part 1+2
This is the best version, and you get the score too. Part 2 auto starts at the end of part 1 on this playlist.


1980 - John Adams - Harmonium


1984 - John Cage playing amplified cacti and plant materials with a feather


1988-94 Gyorgy Ligeti's 'Devil's Staircase (L'escalier du diable)


1989 - Arvo Pärt - Magnificat


2002 - George Crumb - Eine Kleine Mitternacht Music